Fun and memorable things to do before your kids get older.
Life is super busy when you have kids and it's easy to keep putting off those things you want to do with them.
But before you know it, your kids will be too big to do some of these things and work life and college life will take up the majority of their time.
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Make a plan to do at least five of these things in a year with your kids and you'll have some great memories to add to the parenting bucket list.
Even if it’s just around your home country. We're so lucky to live in a country with so many different climates and environments to choose from. Our Garden Route boasts some of South Africa's greatest tourist attractions and provides all sorts of exciting things for families to do together. Travelling with your kids is a great way to bond as a family.
Climb a mountain together (or even just a part of it).
You don't need to be a great hiking enthusiast, but at the very least you could try doing a short trail with your kids (and the dogs, if you have). If you've enjoyed hiking before you became a parent, there's no reason why you have to stop now. Make sure you know which route you're going to take and take another experienced adult along with you.
Learn a new sport together
Try find a new sport to try out that both you and your kids can learn together. Martial arts is a great way for parents and children of any age to participate and improve on physical skills.
Teach them something you used to love as a kid
For me it was a new card game, an old board game or ball games that I loved learning from my parents. We get so caught up with buying the latest games and new consumer-based activities, but there are loads of fun, forgotten things that parents can teach kids.
Sit around a fire and tell ghost stories. Pitch a tent together (often a great way to exercise family team-building). Enjoy being out in the open and away from the TV, traffic and buildings. Camping with your kids will bring you back to the simplicity of nature and it's a great way to spend the weekend away without breaking the bank.
Go to the theatre
Whether it's a musical, a ballet or an opera, and as long as it's age-appropriate, the theatre teaches kids about culture, history and opens up a whole new and exciting world of entertainment. However, on behalf of all theatre enthusiasts, please don't be one of those parents who takes their children to a show and allows them to carry on screaming or kicking the chair in front of them. This might be something for the older kids or you could try taking the younger ones to a more toddler-friendly show.
Invent or build something together
A lot of parents struggle to find the time to get creative and crafty with their kids. But it really is a great way to bond and interact with your child on their level. Kids come up with the weirdest ideas and often suggest building or making something they've seen on TV, that might sound impossible to you. Give it a try. Kids usually won't judge you if the robot outfit you made them resembles something a bit more abstract. They're usually more excited by the enthusiasm of having their parent involved in the process.
Teach them about your family’s history.
Draw up a family tree together and have fun researching where your family came from as far back as possible. If you can't find one or don't have one, start one.
Spend time in the ocean together
Whether it's jumping over waves, learning to surf, fishing or taking a boat ride, there's something about the sea that brings a sense of well-being and a positive effect on our minds and bodies. Sometimes, a day by the sea can feel as good as a holiday and it's a good way to reflect on life and the world with your kids.
Make videos and take photos of EVERYTHING
My gran used to annoy us so much when we were younger by taking photos of us doing absolutely anything and everything. Now that we're older, one of our favourite family-pass-times is raiding her photo albums and laughing at all the memories she'd managed to capture of us growing up. You can never have enough photos and videos of your kids and you can get your children to snap some pics too with a child-friendly camera.
What do you hope to do with your kids before they're too big?